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July 9 - 11, 2018
Early Childhood Innovation Summit
Louisville, Kentucky

Attend the Summit if you...

Have a great idea and want to implement it, or need a spark to generate new ideas!


The 2018 Summit will take place July 9-11, 2018 in Louisville, KY

What is the Early Childhood Innovation Summit?

The story of Head Start begins with innovation. A group of experts from across the many disciplines that touched the lives of vulnerable children consciously designed Head Start as an intervention to disrupt poverty and pursue social and racial justice in communities across the country. Since first launched in 2016, the Early Childhood Innovation Summit has emboldened impactful innovations by practitioners across the early childhood spectrum and inspired collaboration across industries. 

How is this event different?

From using virtual reality to train staff remotely, to taking a field trip to outer space through augmented reality, and using robots to teach socioemotional learning, the HeadStarter Network’s innovation events have surfaced “bright spots” and inspired new ventures in the field of early childhood education.

The goal of this year’s Early Childhood Innovation Summit is to catalyze new and disseminate existing ideas, processes, and technologies to increase quality in early childhood development and education. How might we replicate and scale current innovative ideas so they become innovative practices? In essence, how do we discover - and then enhance - concepts that might increase our effectiveness and impact in both big and small ways? 

Think outside the blocks!

Join the HeadStarter Network and leaders from the early learning community and beyond this summer at the third annual Early Childhood Innovation Summit. From July 9th to 11th in Louisville, KY we’ll push each other to think outside the blocks and foster new collaborations.


Watch highlights from last year



The Buffett Early Childhood Fund


Lakeshore Learning


Bright Horizons


The J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation